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Diagnosis - How Heart Failure is Diagnosed

To diagnose heart failure, your doctor will first ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history. Your doctor will want to know:

Your doctor will perform a complete physical exam. Your doctor will look for signs of heart failure as well as any other illnesses that may have caused your heart muscle to weaken or stiffen.

Tests performed to diagnose heart failure

Certain tests can help your doctor determine the cause and severity of heart failure. Your doctor will tell you which of these tests you should have:

Leads on the body for an EKG

Leads on the body for an EKG

Other tests may be ordered by your doctor, depending on your condition.

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